Police identify militants slain in Budgam encounter

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Srinagar: Police on Thursday identified the two militants it claimed to have killed in a gunfight in Budgam district of central Kashmir.

A Police spokesperson in a handout issued this afternoon said the militants killed in the gun-battle were Mukhtar Ahmad Khan of Brass Budgam and Mohammad Amin Mir of Drangbal Pampore. In the gun-battle, the spokesperson said one army man also sustained injuries and was evacuated to hospital for medical attention

“They were both involved in a series of attacks on security establishments in the area,” the spokesperson said, adding “Arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site,”

He said that Mukhtar was involved in case FIR No 37/2018 under section 307 RPC, 7/27 Arms Act, 16/18 ULAP Act in Budgam, while Amin was involved in case FIR No 75/2018 under section 18/20/30 ULAP Act at Pampore.

The police spokesperson urged residents not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials.

“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any,” he added.